Kohl’s held a grand opening with ribbon cutting ceremony today for their new Galesburg location.
Officials from Kohl’s, the City of Galesburg and Galesburg Chamber of Commerce were in attendance to mark the official opening of the facility that had a soft opening this past Sunday.
Chamber Executive Director Jessica Linder excitedly welcomed Kohl’s to the Galesburg business community.
“We are so glad to see this new investment and these new jobs being brought to Galesburg and know that this is going to be a great resource for a lot of community members and a new place for us to shop” Linder says. “And I think I can speak on behalf of the community and say we are excited for another place we can get it in Galesburg.”
Of course, Kohl’s originally had plans to come to Galesburg in 2012 before plans fell through.
Sixth Ward Alderman and deputy mayor in Mayor John Pritchard’s absence, Wayne Allen sighed relief that the retailer has finally landed in town.
“Kohl’s was a long time coming. A lot of people have waited patiently, asking ‘are they really going to come?” Allen says. “That day is here. They have come.”
Store manager Connie Sullivan says six Kohl’s stores across the Midwest held ribbon cutting ceremonies today, all of them “new concept” smaller versions of Kohl’s with an “open concept ceiling, movable walls and simpler graphics.”